FBI Needs to Investigate City of Blue Island

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FBI investigating Village of Burnham


Federal agents recently executed a search warrant at the Burnham Village Hall.

By Andy Grimm
Tribune reporter
May 31, 2013

Federal agents executed a search warrant at the Burnham Village Hall as part of an “ongoing investigation” of the small community just south of Chicago.

Burnham Mayor Robert Polk did not immediately return calls this afternoon, but FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde confirmed a search warrant was served on the village Wednesday.

“I can confirm that agents executed a search warrant at Burnham village, and that there is no additional information available at this time due to the ongoing status of the underlying investigation,” Hyde said in an e-mail this afternoon.

Village Freedom of Information Act officer Stephanie Purnell said this afternoon that Village Clerk Nancy Dobrowski, who won re-election in April after running unopposed, was “no longer with the village.” Purnell would not say whether Dobrowski had resigned or when the clerk left her job.

Village Board of Trustees member Ray Espino said Dobrowski was acting in her official capacity at a regularly scheduled village meeting Tuesday and that he and Dobrowski chatted briefly.

Espino said he had heard about the FBI warrant and had talked to Polk, but did not know what records were requested in the warrant.

“Obviously there is some commotion going on if they showed up with a warrant,” Espino said.

Burnham, population 4,200, comprises two square miles south of Chicago’s Hegeswich neighborhood between the Bishop Ford Expressway and Indiana Toll Road.
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Pat Fitzgerald's office should have been contacted and details reported. Although he has moved on any and all reports should be made to long-time prosecutor Gary S. Shapiro who was identified to be the acting US Attorney until a replacement has been decided.

Against criticism that these cases were based on circumstantial evidence, Fitzgerald responded: "People now know that if you're part of a corrupt conduct, where one hand is taking care of the other and contracts are going to people, you don't have to say the word 'bribe' out loud. And I think people need to understand we won't be afraid to take strong circumstantial cases into court."
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Pat Fitzgerald's office should have been contacted and details reported. Although he has moved on any and all reports should be made to long-time prosecutor Gary S. Shapiro who was identified to be the acting US Attorney until a replacement has been decided.
Against criticism that these cases were based on circumstantial evidence, Fitzgerald responded: "People now know that if you're part of a corrupt conduct, where one hand is taking care of the other and contracts are going to people, you don't have to say the word 'bribe' out loud. And I think people need to understand we won't be afraid to take strong circumstantial cases into court."
That is exactly where the criminal investigation should begin in Blue Island.
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That is exactly where the criminal investigation should begin in Blue Island.
"Look and you find evidence as far as the eye can see."
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The wheels of justice grind slowly but they do grind.... it is no coincidence that a bunch of these south suburban guys got out of the game recently.... you can run but you can't hide.
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The wheels of justice grind slowly but they do grind.... it is no coincidence that a bunch of these south suburban guys got out of the game recently.... you can run but you can't hide.
There are similarities between this administration and Dixon, Il. Where there comptroller walk away with 53 million dollars. Just look at the streets falling apart, the closed bridges, the areas in Blue Island that flood. Where did our money disappear to? Hello FBI
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May 14, 2013 09:07 AM

Nearly $400,000 discovered missing from Calumet City’s coffers, apparently due to technical glitch. Why did it take so long to figure this out?

By Andrew Schroedter/BGA

Rita Crundwell’s betrayal of the public trust was staggering.

For years she served as Dixon’s comptroller. And for years, because she had almost sole control over town finances, she stole taxpayer money without detection.

In fact, nobody noticed until, on one of her vacations, a fill-in aide stumbled across numbers that didn’t add up.

'No Comment' on Dixon Ex-CFO's Not-Guilty Plea / Associated Press YouTube
When the missing funds were tallied, we gasped: Crundwell had embezzled roughly $53 million.

The betrayal and the amount of money are shocking, but not the financial chicanery itself, because fiscal controls and oversight are weak throughout local government in Illinois.

Case in point: Calumet City, a south suburban working-class community where the Better Government Association recently learned nearly $400,000 was missing from the town’s municipal coffers.

When we started asking questions, Cal City officials confirmed what we had heard but said it wasn’t a Dixon-type situation with embezzlement. It was, they said, an honest glitch of some sort, probably technical.

Either way, leaders in Cal City haven’t served taxpayers responsibly in this situation, the BGA has found.

For starters, they hired an accounting firm run by the city’s finance director, John Kasperek, to find out what happened. But the problem occurred on his watch as finance director. Why would his firm be tapped to investigate?

Kasperek’s investigation determined the unaccounted for amount – it came out to $378,100 – was collected by the Calumet City clerk’s office from 2008 to 2010, and involved fees for plumbing and building permits, animal licenses and utility bills.

The public made the payments with their credit cards, but the money never got into municipal accounts. Kasperek’s review found numerous credit card payments hadn’t been processed. The cards were swiped at the clerk’s office or credit card numbers entered on the suburb’s web site. But the money wasn’t deducted from the payers’ accounts.

City officials say they suspect a technical glitch, though they acknowledge that financial controls in the clerk’s office were weak.

Kasperek was hired to investigate in July 2011, shortly after the money was discovered missing. Records show his firm has received $47,368 for the audit.

Kasperek already serves as Cal City’s finance director, overseeing the suburb’s financial operations on a consulting basis. His namesake accounting firm bills the city $110 an hour for Kasperek’s work, and it was paid about $120,000 last year for Kasperek’s work, city officials say.

Kasperek and his company have donated more than $34,000 over the years – most contributions pre-date the audit contract – to the campaign funds of local officials such as Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush and members of the city council who approved his firm’s hiring, according to interviews and data from state election officials.

Officials say the donations had nothing to do with the no-bid auditing contract his firm won. But legitimate questions can be raised about the ethical efficacy of elected officials accepting campaign cash from contractors they hire.

Meanwhile, Cal City recently recouped business license fees totaling a "few hundred dollars," says Nyota Figgs, Cal City’s clerk since November 2011, but officials acknowledge that getting back the lion’s share of $378,100 will be challenging.

As painful as that is, let’s hope it’s a wake-up call to elected officials in Cal City, Dixon and other municipalities to take what happened seriously.

They should be revisiting and tightening their internal financial controls so there’s enough oversight and cross checking to ensure that no more piles of taxpayer cash go missing again.
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Project Manager oppointments all to common in Blue Island. Corruption wake up call for elected officials. The practice is not ok. It is corruption.
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Project Manager oppointments all to common in Blue Island. Corruption wake up call for elected officials. The practice is not ok. It is corruption.
Nothing will change in Blue Island, a culture of corruption. The South town newspaper refuses to cover Blue Island, refuses to expose the wrongdoing. Someone who lives here and works at the South town, is running interference in preventing any kind of investigative reporting. They once had a Eye on Harvey, they need a Eye on Blue Island.
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Nothing will change in Blue Island, a culture of corruption. The South town newspaper refuses to cover Blue Island, refuses to expose the wrongdoing. Someone who lives here and works at the South town, is running interference in preventing any kind of investigative reporting. They once had a Eye on Harvey, they need a Eye on Blue Island.
At a recent Finance meeting, Chairman Nancy Rita gave permission to City Treasurer Carmine Biloto to spend up to twenty thousand dollars without council approval. Talk about hands in the cookie jar.
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Expect Logical Natual Consequences and Outcomes.
Jail time overdue for many in Blue Island public office, appointed positions, and former elected officials.
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Expect Logical Natual Consequences and Outcomes.
Jail time overdue for many in Blue Island public office, appointed positions, and former elected officials.
Due to the lack of honest service, dereliction of duty, and hidden agendas expect more tyrannical and bullying behavior from public officials.
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Document.
Carry a camera or use your cell phone to photograph abuses most particularly in public spaces.
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The FBI need to investigate the City of Harvery, were are our tax dollars going. No streets cleanup in four years !
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Document.
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Documentation is Everything! Date, time, who, what, when, where on each picture.
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Domingo Vargas is personal friends with Cook County States Attorney, will he demand indictments as he promised?
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Domingo Vargas is personal friends with Cook County States Attorney, will he demand indictments as he promised?
What a joke.
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Nothing will change in Blue Island, a culture of corruption. The South town newspaper refuses to cover Blue Island, refuses to expose the wrongdoing. Someone who lives here and works at the South town, is running interference in preventing any kind of investigative reporting. They once had a Eye on Harvey, they need a Eye on Blue Island.
"Someone is running interference" this is so true!
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That already are....Peloquin, Billotto and Frasier are all being looked at.
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“All that people need to understand when you’re dealing with fraud or public corruption — the loss is what drives the sentence,” Cramer said.

Cramer said although Jackson enriched himself, there was far more at stake under Blagojevich’s fraud.

“For Blagojevich it’s potential,” Cramer said.“The fact that he didn’t succeed, he doesn’t get a benefit for that.”

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